Donald Trump's ambassador to Denmark is a former soap actress who took over her husband's venture capital company when he died and donated thousands to the president.
Carla Sands, 58, became the best United States diplomat in Copenhagen in December 2017 – less than a year after the president took office.
Her tenure was relatively quiet – until Trump canceled his upcoming two-day visit to the Northern European country after Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said his plan to buy Greenland & # 39; absurd & # 39; used to be.
Ambassador Carla Sands introduced himself to the people in Denmark in a Facebook video
Trump appointed Sands ambassador to Denmark and took over the role in December 2017
Sands praised her work with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen in planning Trump's state visit
Sands will be part of the American team that picks up the diplomatic documents following Trump's trump card over the small NATO ally.
But Trump focused attention on Denmark and also drew attention to the woman he chose to represent American interests there.
Sands, the widow of Los Sands titan Fred Sands, was a big Trump supporter in the 2016 campaign.
She served in his economic advisory committee, attended the Republican National Convention as a representative of Trump, and organized a fundraiser for him in her chic Bel Air mansion.
She personally maximized her donations to the Trump campaign: giving $ 5,400 to Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. and $ 250,000 in Trump Victory. She also donated $ 100,000 to his inaugural commission.
It is not uncommon for presidents to award rich donors the title of ambassador – a practice used by former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and some of their predecessors.
But Sands has not prevented her status as a diplomat from expressing herself politically on social media.
Both in her official Twitter account for the US ambassador – @USAmbDenmark – and in her personal @ CarlaHSands account, there are retweets of articles from conservative news sources such as the Daily Caller, criticism of mainstream media, support for democracy in Hong Kong and tweets of its support for Israel.
In addition, she retouched articles from the Daily Caller on her official ambassador account with negative coverage of the Democrats who challenge Trump to preside.
On her personal account she often retorts Trump favorites representative Matt Gaetz, Team Trump (the Trump re-election campaign account) and Breitbart News.
She also promotes a number of conspiracy theories.
For example, she retweeted a tweet from Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, with a clip of herself pushing a conspiracy theory that the Obama-led FBI spied on Trump's 2016 campaign.
Sands with her husband Fred Sands in Los Angeles in September 2005
Sands was an actress in the 1980s and appeared in & # 39; The Bold and The Beautiful & # 39; and & # 39; Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell & # 39; (up here)
Sands daughter Allie accompanied her to Denmark
Sands past a rocket built of legos to celebrate the birthday of Americans landing on the moon
She tweeted a number of items from Praguer U – a group that has a right-wing look – including a tweet from the group that people were not responsible for global warming because they went through the Roman warm period (warmer than today) the cooler one dark middle ages the medieval warm period the small ice age (which drove the Vikings out of Greenland) and a gradual 300-year warming. & # 39;
And she retweet a hoax video from conservative commentator John Cardillo who claims that black Americans are attacking a white Trump supporter. The video has been debunked as two years old and there are questions as to whether the white woman being attacked is even a Trump supporter.
But Sands also seems to be enjoying her time as an ambassador – posting photos from her official account of her official duties, including meeting veterans, promoting US interests, visiting Greenland and preparing for the now canceled state visit from Trump.
Sands was in Greenland last month as part of an official visit – although it is unlikely that it was related to Trump's desire to buy Denmark's largest island.
She posted photos of her meeting with residents and exploring the island.
Sands has visited Greenland in her role as ambassador
The Twitter account of Sands contains a number of retweets of conspiracy theories
& # 39; Pilluaritsi #Greenland to celebrate your national day and the tenth anniversary of Greenland self-government! I look forward to continuing our increased involvement with #KalaallitNunaat together with our GL Affairs Officer Sung Choi and strengthening the ties between people & # 39; wrote in June.
She also praised her work in planning Trump's state visit.
& # 39; Excited to work with @Statsmin while planning @POTUS Donald Trump's visit to the Kingdom of Denmark! Thank you Mette Frederiksen for your leadership and the Danish people for your great friendship! #dkpol #alliedstrong #partnershipsmatter, & # 39; tweeted last week together with a picture of himself and Frederiksen.
Sands seemed to have been taken by surprise by Trump & # 39; s cancellation.
He announced it in a tweet on Tuesday evening, but she tweeted three hours earlier Nation was enthusiastic about Trump's upcoming stop.
& # 39; Denmark is ready for the POTUS @ realDonaldTrump visit! Partner, ally, friend, & she wrote.
Before joining Trump & # 39; s administration as an ambassador, Sands had an abundance of jobs.
She started her career as an actress in the 1980s – with the help of her maiden name Carla Herd – and appeared in nine episodes of the soap & The Bold and the Beautiful & # 39; during the day along with roles in the movies & # 39; Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell & # 39; and & # 39; Wild zone. & # 39;
She also graduated from Life Chiropractic College – a school that has lost its accreditation and is now Life University.
In 1990 she married Fred Sands. The millionaire real estate investor sold his business to Coldwell Banker for more than $ 100 million in 2000 and then formed the Vintage Capital Group, which he ran until his sudden death from a stroke in October 2015.
Sands tweeted about her visit to Greenland
With his death, Carla Sands took over the investment firm.
Fred Sands called Trump a & # 39; joke & # 39; in the interview with The Jewish Journal in July 2015.
& # 39; He likes publicity because he lives that way. He is not really a broker. He licenses his name and surrounds himself with publicity. And maybe he appears in the polls right now, but that goes away & he said.
After their marriage, Carla Sands joined the Los Angeles charity scene.
She sat on a number of planks, including the Blue Ribbon of the Los Angeles Music Center, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the California Cultural and Historical Endowment.
She was confirmed by the Senate in November 2017 as an ambassador to Denmark.
& # 39; One of my top priorities is people-to-people relations, defense and security cooperation, including trade and investment & # 39 ;, she said in a video on the embassy Facebook page shortly after she arrived in the country.
She noted that her teenage daughter Allie joined her in Denmark and described herself as a philanthropist, investor and art lover.
When Sands presented her credentials to Queen Margrethe II two years ago, she arrived for the ceremony in a horse-drawn carriage, in a long dark dress, a fur coat and white gloves.
Sands replaced the popular American ambassador Rufus Gifford (right), who married his husband Stephen DeVincent (left) in Copenhagen city hall
She had large shoes to fill the role.
Her predecessor was Obama & # 39; s appointed Rufus Gifford, who was loved by the Danish people after he started in the reality TV show & # 39; I Am the Ambassador From America & # 39 ;.
Gifford was regularly in Danish news programs & # 39; s and married his husband, Stephen DeVincent, in the Copenhagen city hall.
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